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Gem Certificates: When and When Not

Posted by Yvonne Raley on

Last week I got asked again if I provide gem certificates with my stones.  Customers want to know this periodically, so let me share my thoughts on this.

Who certifies gems?  There are several recognized gemological labs in the U.S. The best known is GIA, and their main gem of expertise is diamond, but they also certify colored stones.  Other known labs are: American Gemological Laboratory (AGL),...

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All Sales are Final: How to Save When Buying Gems

Posted by Yvonne Raley on

The wholesale price of any particular gem can vary drastically – as much as, I kid you not, 90% - depending on the context in which it is bought.  But: is extremely hard to get super low prices on gems, and unless you live in the right place, know the right people, and are willing to do a lot of hard work, it is simply not possible.  While I do manage to get gems at very good prices most of the...

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“Could This Gem be a Little Bigger?” (How Big is Your Wallet?)

Posted by Yvonne Raley on

I get asked the question posed in the title about once a week.  Two out of three times I don’t hear back after my response.  I guess it's time to cut down on some of these questions, and put the request for bigger gems into perspective.
Let’s start with basic gem sizes and weights: each mm increase in diameter roughly doubles the weight of the gem.  Since gem prices are determined by weight, this...

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This Ring in Your Size: A Note on Ring Resizing

Posted by Yvonne Raley on

Every time I get an Etsy order that says in the note to seller something like: “please change the size to ….,” my heart sinks.  I need you to feel my pain.
Adding to, or subtracting metal from an existing design requires cutting and soldering.  To size a ring, you have to cut it open with a saw and then either take out metal or add to it.  Then you close the seam with a torch and solder, pickle it...

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Alex is Here

Posted by Yvonne Raley on

I went to another gem show last weekend.  I love going to those because sometimes even the sellers you already know have special show deals they won’t give you at any other time.  And you can get odd gems that usually take more time to find. 

I stocked up on some lovely tourmaline pairs, and I got a lot of matched pairs of spinels as well, so look out for new listings in the earring sections.  I...

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